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Still messing with style and design, but this is the fun of the project. I think the brush and shading technique I'm using is a little ... messy at the moment. I like a loose style, but I don't want it to look dirty.

My friend is visiting for Memorial Day weekend, and he mentioned that with a screw that long the next scene should be a blood splattered dress. What do you guys think?

So enjoy! Next update should be next weekend, continuing as usual. If there's going to be another hiccup like last weekend, I'll be sure to give ya'll a heads up.

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Aksika Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see. Well I look forward to eet
BluTiger07 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
She makes an awesome princess even saves her ownself dude
Domimangasfans Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
MorphiusX Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AW CRAP, she really improvised alright...

Improvised enough to kick your shelly butt...
MrPr1993 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Matoacan Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Glad I'm not the only one who thought of power ups. Though, a long screw is to Samus what I'm sure a Fire Flower is to Peach - Samus gots skillz. I don't know about an outright bloodbath, but it would be amusing to see the chaos as Samus bounds through the castle all Mario-style. Can you imagine her stomping on goombas and kicking shells into lava? Can't wait to see where this goes (poor Koopa guard's gettin' stomped).
DragonMan200 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Very nice. I almost feel sorry for the guard Koopa. I suggest he gives her info if he doesn't want to taste lava. On the other hand, what happens when Samus gets the typical Mario Power ups???
burkeonthesly Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Yes. Yeees. YES! This gave me an evil laugh.

And yes, a screw that long would make an effective and painful hand weapon; the threads would act a little bit like serration, sticking it in the wound and tearing it up going both in and out. It could get stuck, though.
DanomaruZenon Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Turtle Soup, anyone!?
CommanderPaws Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Holy crap! RUN!
ShadoVore Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Wait did they pierce her ears!? Ouch
Peelman Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh! This calls for a total wah wah moment for that Koopa: [link]
chihuahua0 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Writer
Lovely expression in the second panel.

Still, I expect that things are going to go down.
K-chan21 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
i think i'd rather see her pummel those turtles barehanded. still, the screw idea has merit and i'm pretty sure i'll like whatever comes next.
MidnightMinion Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
absolutely in favor of a blood-spattered dress. That might also provide clue as to what it's actually made of, now that I think about it. *Checks archives to see where she got it.*
DarkMGN Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student Writer
Pretty epic comic so far mate!
technomo12 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
as they say dont mess with samus >_<
jaimehlers Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Samus 2, Koopas 0.
Salem-the-Psychic Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Frogger: Your fucked!
BnGJessie Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
SAMUS: "That."

Lol! Very resourceful, as we expect her to be. :D

Nah, I'd hate to see that dress get ruined. She managed to get free of her bondage, so let's at least get see the dress go untarnished for as long as possible. ;)
However, seeing her threaten him with a screw and being effective with it would be hilarious! :lmao:
jimmyinwhite Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
he should've never asked that .
FinalFinalities Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
I'm liking this series, it's very interesting, I like the artwork, and the story is continuing well. Keep up the good work.
gaoyuqing Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
pretty B-A DiD :)
Angela999 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
I love the close up of her face. I'd so love that for a desktop wallpaper. :aww:
Pedes-Nex Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha, Nice!
KioshiDhampir Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Koopa Troopa is in trouble XD
sigel4ever Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student General Artist
akuma74 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
death to the koopa yeah!
there is nothing wrong with koopa soup
kalistina Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hum... Good question. The screw could be used to kill the poor guard, but then again there's *lava* below them. Wouldn't that be much more "video-games" like?
MagicalBunnyLisa Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
wow you gave samus some cute lipstick makeup! so cute!! ^__^ now she really looks like a adorable princess <3! great job heart ^_^! she's look more like princess peach but only tougher XD! And dont bloody her dress >O< ;-; it would ruin her beautiful royal image
Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner May 27, 2012   Traditional Artist

is a strangely hot closeup.
hlb2w Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
I suppose the obvious question is why is there a screw lying around at the bottom of the cage?

Personally, I hope it's not that simple to escape Bowser's dungeon, otherwise we spent four pages getting her into the cage only to have her escape in two. But there's still the Chekhov's Gun of the "Third Law" to keep things interesting, so I'm still intrigued.

Personally, I don't think there should be a blood-stained anything in the Mario world. It's not a bloody place and you've never seen anyone bleed in any of the games. Since this is a piece of metafiction, I think it's only fair to stay consistent with the internal rules of the game worlds.
3Dimitri Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While I'm not ALL for damsels, it would be nice to see another appear some time soon.
Peach, perhaps?
TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Guard isn't exactly on the ball, is he? The moment he realized she was free of the ropes he should have been sounding the alarm...

- Polecat
Jessy373 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Nice to see she isn't just going to become a helpless princess after all~

That is a scary face. Poor Koopa isn't going to get out of this one easily, is he? xD
Metal-Mighty Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Samus' face in panel 2 is wonderful.
metalzaki Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist
one koopa s#*t kicking coming soon...
Artificer-Urza Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Could it really be that easy? Sure, Bowser normally deals with Peach, but still.
Gimok2k5 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
While I don't see a screw would be an effective way to lockpick a cage, I can simply accept that this thing is running on "video-game logic" and when it looks like a lockpick in 8 or 16 bit, it works like one. And even it it doesn't look like one, it will work.

A slighly thinner screw would've probably looked better.

For the question - um... I think, that would be a bad idea. Just let Samus stomp on the Koopa and throw the poor guy in the cage - or let him run away comedically.
Either way, no serious combat (at least in that dress) and defenetly no blood.
A bloodless carnage looks better, anyway. :P
cresent34 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Now, the trouble really starts..:o
BrokenLogic159 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Well that turned out to be a lot simpler escape from the cage than I had imagined. Samus's head-shot in panel two looks gorgeous but I think the sentry's expressions steal the show. Panel 3 in particular.

I'm torn on the bloody dress idea. On the one hand, making a bloody mess of everything seems like too much of a stretch in the Mario World, even if the world is portrayed more realistically. If it's played up as an exaggerated joke (something like the Sonic rings on Rex in Material Girl) for a single panel/page it might work out alright but having it specifically happen as a canon action feels like it might be going in too dark of a direction. That, and I can't imagine there being many opportunities to wash the blood out of the dress so it would probably end up being there for the rest of the comic.

I also don't really want to see our poor sentry get killed. Yes, he has been pretty much asking for it over the last two pages but he has a character now. He's not just a drone Koopa like all the others and it seems like such a shame to throw him away. On the other hand, if he is going to live through this attack then giving him a scar or an eye-patch (horrific implications aside) would help differentiate him as his own character from the other masses of Koopas.
EToaster Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
I really like the closeup.
Q9R42 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea.. Samus could kick bowser's ass anytime. Bowser is a mutated turtle, while samus is.. Like what.. Mutated three times over, lived as a bounty hunter all her life, had extensive training since childhood, etc.. It's not a matter of if she can kick his butt. It's a matter of when she'll kick his butt.
Fucking turtle.. ;O!1one
Alyssasidhe Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Well... Yeah, to a point. But remember, Bowser has all sorts of magical badness up his sleeve too, and this is effectively Zero Suit Samus, so she's only got a bit more going for her than the Mario Bros in the offensive department.
Q9R42 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Magic-shmagic, I say!!!1 ;O
Magic won't save them from awesome. Kinda trumps it, dontcha think?1one Hehe
Alyssasidhe Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
To be honest, I'm not as worried about Bowser versus Samus... Bowser isn't all that agile, and even his magic is limited. It's all Bowser's minions who are sort of scary. I'd hate to see what Kami-koopa would do to someone if she didn't have the idiot version of Bowser telling her what to do... and in this one it didn't look like that particular Bowser XD
iPodluigi505 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
And then, all the Koopas died.
Kahote Featured By Owner May 27, 2012

Naw - glad to see Samas being the badass Peach never could be.
Shidyk Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
See? A heroine is much tougher to hold than a princess. :XD:
The404 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
You're forgetting an important thing : Peach doesn't mind getting captured. She might let Bowser capture her because he would be more dangerous otherwise. She might let him capture her because she enjoys having tea parties with him. She might even let herself be captured because she knows the Mario brothers will come and rescue her, dealing irreparable damage to Bowser's current plans. She already has proven herself, times and times again, to be able to fight on-par with Mario, or at least to have strong magic. So yeah, a heroine is thougher to hold than a princess. Wether Peach is an heroine or a princess depends on her current mood.
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